Champaign hires interim assistant principal at Garden Hills

Champaign hires interim assistant principal at Garden Hills

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board Monday hired an interim assistant principal at Garden Hills Elementary.

The board voted unanimously to hire Delores Lloyd in the new position, which was created because Garden Hills is the school district's largest elementary.

The school district will revisit whether it needs the position at the end of this school year. Lloyd will start in the position Tuesday.

She was most recently the school district's coordinator for language arts and social science for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. She is a former assistant principal at Barkstall Elementary and was an Urbana school district elementary teacher.

Garden Hills has about 525 students.

The school district voted unanimously to continue the Operation Hope program this school year. Operation Hope is a partnership among the school district, city of Champaign, Champaign Park District, United Way and other local social service agencies to serve students in the Garden Hills, Douglass Park, Beardsley Park and Bristol Place neighborhoods.

The school district provides use of facilities and pays $8,000 for college visits for the students involved, as well as about $14,000 worth in in-kind donations for use of its facilities.

The city contributes $50,000 to Operation Hope and the United Way contributes $30,000, according to school board documents.

Also at Monday's meeting, board President Laurie Bonnett said the school district should hear Wednesday about the teachers' union's response to the tentative contract the two parties negotiated last week.

"We're glad to hopefully be moving forward with that," Bonnett said during Monday's meeting.

The school board will meet next Monday to take possible action on the tentative contract, Bonnett said.

Champaign Federation of Teachers Cathy Mannen said the union's teachers will vote on the tentative contract Wednesday.

Mannen said she won't comment on the details of the contract until after the board votes on it.

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